What is Allowed in Ontario During Step 2 of Reopening Plan Starting June 30

Ontario has announced that the province will move the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on June 30th.

The three-step reopening plan announced on May 20th will lift public health restrictions based on vaccination rates and other indicators.

While the province has surpassed Step Three vaccination targets, the government says Ontario may remain in Step Two for a period of approximately 21 days to allow the most recent vaccinations to reach their full effectiveness and to evaluate any impacts of moving to Step Two on key public health and health care indicators.

 

What is allowed at a glance:

Step 2 will allow more outdoor activities to resume with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized, and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
  • Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
  • Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
  • Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.

What is allowed in Detail:

Gatherings

  • Maximum 25 people for outdoor gatherings
  • Maximum 5 people for indoor gatherings
  • Religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services (does not apply to receptions): Indoor permitted at 25% capacity of the room; Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

Shopping & Retail

  • Essential retail at 50% capacity
  • Non-essential retail at 25% capacity
  • Liquor Stores: Open at 50% capacity
  • Shopping malls may open if they ensure that any interior dining spaces inside the shopping mall, including any tables and seating in food courts, are closed.

Retailers

The following businesses that engage in retail sales to the public may open if they – ensure that any music played at the place of business is not at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible and do not exceed 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping unless it is a business that primarily sells food.

1. Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets and other stores that primarily sell food, other than establishments described in section 1.

2. Pharmacies.

3. Discount and big box retailers that sell groceries to the public.

4. Safety supply stores.

5. Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies.

6. Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public.

7. Retail stores operated by telecommunications providers.

8. Stores, other than establishments described in section 1, that sell liquor, including beer, wine and spirits.

9. Outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries.

10. Indoor greenhouses.

Motor vehicles:

Businesses that sell the following may open if they comply with the conditions – If members of the public are permitted to test drive any of the vehicles, boats or watercraft, the test drive must be limited to no more than 10 minutes, a maximum of two people, including up to one sales representative, may be present in the vehicle, boat or watercraft during the test drive, and if two people who are not members of the same household are present in the vehicle during the test drive, any windows in the vehicle, boat or watercraft must be opened at all times.

1. Motor vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles.

2. Recreational vehicles, including motor homes.

3. Trailers and travel trailers.

4. Boats and other watercraft.

5. Other motorized vehicles, including power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

Other retail

All businesses, other than essential that engage in the retail sale, or rental, of items to the public may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. They must limit the total number of members of the public in the place of business so that the total number of members of the public in the place of business at any one time does not exceed 25 per cent capacity.

2. They must ensure that any music played at the place of business is not at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible.

(2) Cannabis retail stores operating under the authority of a retail store authorization issued under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 may open if they comply with certain conditions and provide products to patrons through in-person sales or through an alternative method of sale, such as curbside pick-up or delivery.

Shopping malls

Shopping malls may open if they ensure that any interior dining spaces inside the shopping mall, including any tables and seating in food courts, are closed.

The person responsible for a shopping mall shall ensure that the following conditions are complied with:

1. Members of the public who enter the shopping mall must not be permitted to loiter in any area of the shopping mall.

2. The person must ensure that music is not played at the shopping mall at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible.

3. The number of members of the public in the shopping mall at any one time must not exceed the total capacity determined by taking the sum of the capacities of every business in the mall.

4. No member of the public may be permitted to line up or congregate outside of the mall unless they are maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons inside or outside the mall.

5. No member of the public may be permitted to line up or congregate inside the mall unless they are,

i. maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons inside or outside the mall, and

ii. wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (4) of Schedule 1.

Restaurants and bars

  • Only outdoor dining permitted.
  • No more than six people may be seated together at an outdoor table at the establishment unless everyone seated at the table is,

i. a member of the same household,

ii. a member of one other household who lives alone, or

iii. a caregiver for any member of either household.

  • Indoor Dining not permited.
  • No buffet-style service may be provided.

Personal care services

Personal care services relating to the hair or body, including hair salons and barbershops, manicure and pedicure salons, aesthetician services, piercing services, tanning salons, spas and tattoo studios, may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. No personal care services that require the removal of a mask or face covering may be provided.

2. Persons who provide personal care services in the business must wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

3. No member of the public may be permitted to enter the premises except by appointment.

4. No member of the public may be permitted to be in the premises except for the period of time during which they are receiving personal care services.

5. The total number of patrons permitted indoors in the establishment must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the establishment, and in any event cannot exceed 25 per cent capacity.

6. The person responsible for the establishment must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the establishment is permitted to operate.

7. Music must not be played at a decibel level that exceeds the level at which normal conversation is possible.

8. Steam rooms and saunas must be closed.

9. Oxygen bars must be closed.

10. Individuals must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health before they enter the indoor premises of the establishment.

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Outdoor sports leagues open
  • Training for professional or amateur athletes and/or competitions
  • Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes and day camps

Personal physical fitness and sports trainers

Personal physical fitness and sports trainers may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. Any services must be provided outside.

2. Services may not be provided, at one time, to more than the number of persons who can maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from every other person in the space where the services are provided.

3. Any person who is engaged in physical fitness or sports training activities must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from any other person.

4. Team sports or games that may result in personal contact must not be practised or played unless the sport or game has been modified to avoid personal contact.

5. The personal trainer or sports trainer must prepare a safety plan in accordance with section 3.3 of Schedule 1.

6. The personal trainer or sports trainer must,

i. record the name and contact information of every member of the public whom they are providing services to,

ii. maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and

iii. only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.

7. The personal trainer or sports trainer must actively screen individuals in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health before they engage in personal physical fitness or sports training activities.

Outdoor recreational amenities

  • Open, including golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and others, with restrictions
  • Water features – Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

Hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation

  • Open.
  • Indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities closed

Short-term rentals (does not include hotels, motels, lodges or resorts, but does apply to cabins and cottages)

  • Open
  • Indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities closed.

Meeting and event spaces

  • Outdoor spaces open at 25% capacity and other restrictions
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces closed, with exceptions for certain purposes, including for viewing for potential booking of a future event

Day and Overnight camps

  • Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Commercial film and TV production

  • Open with no audience, and other restrictions

Indoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas

Indoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance if they comply with the following conditions:

1. No spectators may be permitted in the concert venue, theatre or cinema.

2. Every performer and other person who provides work for the concert venue, theatre or cinema must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except, if it is necessary for the purposes of the performance or rehearsal that the performers or persons who provide work for the concert venue, theatre or cinema must be closer to each other, or where necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas

Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The number of members of the public in the outdoor area of the concert venue, theatre or cinema at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the outdoor area accessible to the public in the concert venue, theatre or cinema, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

2. The number of members of the public at a seated concert, event, performance or movie within the concert venue, theatre or cinema at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the concert, event, performance or movie.

3. No member of the public may attend a seated concert, event, performance or movie within the concert venue, theatre or cinema unless they have made a reservation to do so.

4. No member of the public may be permitted to enter the indoor premises of the concert venue, theatre or cinema, except,

i. to access a washroom,

ii. to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route,

iii. to engage in retail sales, or

iv. as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

Public libraries

  • Open with 25% capacity and other restrictions
  • for a day camp or overnight camp for children described in section 21;
  • by a provider of child care within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;
  • for the purpose of the provision of social services; or
  • for the purpose of delivering or supporting mental health support services or addictions support services, so long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the rented space.

Drive-in or drive-through venues

Outdoor drive-in or drive-through concert venues and theatres and drive-in cinemas may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. Each person in attendance at the drive-in cinema or the drive-in or drive-through concert, event or performance, other than persons who perform work for the drive-in cinema or the drive-in or drive-through concert, event or performance, must remain within a motor vehicle designed to be closed to the elements except,

i. where necessary to purchase admission,

ii. where necessary to use a washroom, or

iii. as may otherwise be required for the purposes of health and safety.

2. The driver of a motor vehicle at the drive-in cinema or the drive-in or drive-through concert, event or performance must ensure that it is positioned at least two metres away from other motor vehicles.

Museums and attractions

Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions may open for outdoor activities if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The number of members of the public in the outdoor ticketed area of the attraction at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the outdoor ticketed area accessible to the public in the attraction, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

2. The number of members of the public at a seated event or activity within the attraction at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the event or activity.

3. No member of the public may attend a seated event or activity within the attraction unless they have made a reservation to do so.

5. Any amusement rides operated by the attraction must be operated to enable every person on the ride to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person on the ride, except where necessary,

i. to facilitate payment, or

ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

6. Any tour vehicles operated by the attraction must be operated to enable every person on the tour vehicle, including tour guides, to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except where necessary,

i. to facilitate payment, or

ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

7. Every person on an amusement ride or tour vehicle must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they come within two metres of another person, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (4) of Schedule 1.

8. The person responsible for the attraction must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the attraction is permitted to operate and the capacity limits of any seated event or activity within the attraction.

9. The person responsible for the attraction must prepare a safety plan in accordance

Racing venues

Outdoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The number of members of the public in the venue at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity of the venue.

2. No member of the public may enter the venue unless they have made a reservation to do so.

3. No member of the public may be permitted to enter the indoor premises of the venue, except,

i. to access a washroom,

ii. to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route,

iii. to place a bet or engage in retail sales, or

iv. as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

4. The person responsible for the venue must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the venue is permitted to operate.

5. The person responsible for the venue must prepare a safety plan in accordance with section 3.3 of Schedule 1.

Amusement parks

Outdoor amusement parks and waterparks may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The number of members of the public in the outdoor area of the park at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the outdoor area of the park accessible to the public in the amusement park, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

2. The number of members of the public at any particular attraction within the park at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the outdoor area accessible to the public in the particular attraction, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

3. The number of members of the public at a seated event or activity within the park at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the event or activity.

4. No member of the public may attend a seated event or activity within the park unless they have made a reservation to do so.

5. No member of the public may be permitted to enter the indoor premises of the park, except,

i. to access a washroom,

ii. to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route,

iii. to engage in retail sales, or

iv. as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

6. Any amusement rides at the park must be operated to enable every person on the ride to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person on the ride, except where necessary,

i. to facilitate payment, or

ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

7. Every person on an amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they come within two metres of another person, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (4) of Schedule 1.

8. The person responsible for the park must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the park is permitted to operate and the capacity limits of any seated event or activity within the park.

Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals

Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals and similar outdoor events may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The number of members of the public in the outdoor area of the facility where the outdoor event takes place at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the outdoor area accessible to the public at the facility, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

2. The number of members of the public at any particular attraction within the facility must not exceed 25 per cent capacity, determined by taking the total square metres of the outdoor ticketed area accessible to the public in the particular attraction, dividing that number by 16 and rounding the result down to the nearest whole number.

3. The number of members of the public at a seated event or activity within the facility at any one time must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the event or activity.

4. No member of the public may attend a seated event or activity within the facility unless they have made a reservation to do so.

5. No member of the public may be permitted to enter the indoor premises of the facility, except,

i. to access a washroom,

ii. to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route,

iii. to engage in retail sales, or

iv. as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

6. Any amusement rides at the facility must be operated to enable every person on the ride to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person on the ride, except where necessary,

i. to facilitate payment, or

ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

7. Every person on an amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period in which they come within two metres of another person, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (4) of Schedule 1.

8. The person responsible for the event must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the event is permitted to operate and the capacity limits of any seated event or activity within the facility.

Tour and guide services

Businesses that provide outdoor tour and guide services, including guided hunting trips, tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries, fishing charters, trail riding tours, walking tours and bicycle tours, but not motor vehicle tours in motor vehicles that are designed to be closed to the elements, may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The tour must be operated to enable every person on the tour, including tour guides, to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except where necessary,

i. to facilitate payment, or

ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

2. The number of members of the public on the tour must not exceed the number of persons that would permit compliance with paragraph 1 while on the tour.

3. The persons on the tour must remain outdoors at all times, except where necessary to use a washroom or as may otherwise be required for the purposes of health and safety.

Boat tours

Business that provide boat tours in which the passengers are required to embark and disembark within the province of Ontario and that are not otherwise prohibited from opening by an order made by the Minister of Transport (Canada) under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The total number of members of the public permitted on the boat at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person on the vessel, and in any event must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual maximum number of passengers that may be carried on board, as indicated on the vessel’s inspection certificate or Passenger Ship Safety Certificate issued under the Vessel Certificates Regulations (Canada) or on an equivalent certificate issued by a foreign government.

2. The person responsible for the business must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the boat tour is permitted to operate.

3. No member of the public may go on the boat tour unless they have made a reservation to do so.

4. No member of the public may be permitted to enter any indoor area of the boat, except,

i. to access a washroom,

ii. to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route,

iii. to engage in retail sales, or

iv. as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

Marinas, boating clubs etc.

Marinas, boating clubs and other organizations that maintain docking facilities for members or patrons may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. Any clubhouse, restaurant, indoor pool, communal steam room, sauna or indoor whirlpool, meeting room, indoor fitness centre or other indoor recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, except for any portion of those areas that,

i. is used to provide first aid services,

ii. is used to provide take-out or delivery service or outdoor dining in accordance with section 1 of this Schedule,

iii. contains a washroom, or

iv. provides access to an area described in subparagraph i, ii or iii.

For greater certainty, nothing in this Order precludes a person responsible for a marina, boating club or other organization that maintains docking facilities for members or patrons from operating a grocery or convenience store on the premises or from providing fuel supply, watercraft repair and servicing, watercraft docking and watercraft launching services.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are closed, except for the purpose of serving food or beverages to patrons, i.e. operate as an outdoor restaurant.

Strip clubs

Strip clubs are closed, except for the purpose of serving food or beverages to patrons i.e. operate as an outdoor restaurant.

Bathhouses, sex clubs

Bathhouses and sex clubs are closed.

Campgrounds

Campgrounds may open if they comply with the following condition:

1. Any restaurant, indoor pool, communal steam room, sauna or indoor whirlpool, meeting room, indoor fitness centre or another indoor recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, except for any portion of those areas that,

i. is used to provide first aid services,

ii. is used to provide take-out or delivery service or outdoor dining in accordance with section 1 of this Schedule,

iii. contains a washroom, or

iv. provides access to an area described in subparagraph i, ii or iii.

Construction

  • All construction open

Driving instruction and testing

Businesses that provide driving instruction in a motor vehicle may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. Only one student may be in the motor vehicle.

2. Only one driving instructor may be in the motor vehicle, unless the type of instruction requires more than one driving instructor to be present.

3. Every person in the motor vehicle must wear a mask or face covering at all times.

4. Every student must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health before they enter the vehicle.

Veterinary services

  • Open

Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers

  • Open

Lawn care and landscaping services

  • Open

Domestic services

  • Open to support children, seniors or vulnerable persons

Photography studios and services

  • Outdoor and indoor open with restrictions

Community centres and multi-purpose facilities

  • Open for social services, child care and day camps, mental health support services or addictions support services, and permitted indoor activities and services, with restrictions

Real estate open houses

  • Showings by appointment only

In-person teaching and instruction

  • Outdoor open, with capacity and other restrictions

Health and safety training

  • Indoor: 10 person limit
  • Outdoor open, with capacity and other restrictions

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